Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Catching the Holiday Spirit: Management Tips to Keep Students on Track

Hi, it's Angela from The Organized Plan Book. I am back for Day 8 of Unwrapping the Holidays linky party, and I am really excited to share my management system I implemented for the holidays this year.

The system is a spin-off of the traditional advent calendar.  I thought, instead of having a little sweet for each countdown until break, what if I did a fun activity instead?

We are in school for 17 days between December 1st and December 23rd (the day before we leave for break).  So, I knew that my calendar wouldn't have the typical 25 days, but 17 instead.

I got to work making little pockets to hold the activity cards.  I used a library pocket I had purchased from Learning Resources to make my own out of craft paper.

I folded the side flaps in and glued them to the back panel to create these pockets.  

Next, I took an old picture frame I had lying around and spray painted it teal.  I secured four rows of twine on the back of the frame with a staple gun, then secured my little pockets with mini clothespins to the twine.

I inserted my little activities inside each pocket. 

Throughout the day, I am searching for little acts of kindness and good deeds.  Each time I witness a good deed, that student receives a jolly gem in his or her stocking (more on this positive environment system on Day 11).

We set a goal for the number of good deeds we must complete by the end of the day.  If the students meet that number, we are able to select an activity from the board.

Here is a peek at the completed calendar.  Isn't it a festive, beauty? ;)

That's a wrap for me.  To check out what these other great teachers are doing to manage students in their classroom, click through the blogs below. 

Have an idea of your own?  We want to hear about it!  Either leave a comment below, or link up with us!

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